FIREFIGHTERS from Kinver, Stourbridge and Brierley Hill were among those called out to tackle a woodland fire at Millions Wood at Enville last night (Sunday).
Crews from Wombourne, Wolverhampton and Cannock were also alerted at 7.20pm to the blaze, which covered an area of approximately 10,000 square metres, and spent nearly two hours bringing the flames under control.
A total of 34 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately.
The incident happened in the same week that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched its Flames Aren’t Games campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deliberately started fires.
Station manager Ian Dawson said: “We launched our Flames Aren’t Games campaign just last week so it is disappointing that we are already reporting a deliberately started fire.
“Now the Easter holidays are here we would encourage parents to remind their children of the dangers of starting fires and also ensure they are aware that deliberately starting a fire of any size is treated as arson, the consequences of which if caught are very serious.
“Luckily crews managed to prevent this fire from spreading further - Millions Wood was the site of a huge fire three years ago which lasted almost a week and destroyed 50 hectares of land.”
Crews left the incident at 9.20pm last night and crews from Kinver and Wombourne returned this morning (Monday) to re-inspect the area.
To promote the Flames Aren’t Games campaign, posters have been displayed at community centres, youth clubs, children’s centres, schools and leisure centres across Staffordshire.
A leaflet and poster has also been produced – aimed at parents of teenagers and general members of the public – and delivered to rural areas previously been targeted by arsonists, urging them to keep an eye open for any suspicious behaviour.
To find out more about the campaign check out http://youtu.be/XU6x29cq3gg or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.
In an emergency dial 999.